Faith at Work XXXVI

July 2007

We upgraded our computer security software at home some time ago.  We need it because there are people out there who seem to delight in generating ways around the various systems; some may do it for fun, others may do it with malicious intent and others may even do it to make a living.  Many of us have come to rely on our computer systems (some would say too much) and keeping them secure provides jobs too.   But we do need to get a life too, so misquoting Jesus when he was questioning the synagogue rules about the Sabbath: “Computers were made for humankind, and not humankind for computers.”  You can see what he really said in St.Mark’s Gospel [Mk.2:27].

In our little mini-series on the Trinity, we come now to the second person, Jesus the Son.  Last time we thought a bit about God the Father creating all that we know and of finding the space to become ourselves – this time we think about the struggle that we encounter when that space gets filled up with what we might call worldly interference.  It is true that we have the freedom to fulfil our potential but we also have the opportunities to be distracted and led astray; so often these unneeded ideas seem to dominate and take over.  Computers too can get so overwhelmed by data and wonderful new software that they need a fix, a new lease of life.  At that stage an upgrade may be called for; before we throw the whole lot away and start again, it is possible to add new hardware and it will work immediately – that’s because of the beauty of “plug and play”.  The new device knows what it is and tells the system, which then maps it into place.  Magic – everything works well again.

You are probably ahead of me by now – we are into re-creation, the second of our Trinitarian themes that tells of the world being reconciled to God through the redeeming action of his Son.  The gospel of St.John is shot through with this interaction – it starts off with the Word, the voice of God, speaking creation into being but also with the Word becoming “flesh and living among us, and of us seeing his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” [Jn.1:14].  Jesus brings us an upgrade, a means of being that transforms us into the people we were meant to be – He doesn’t want us to be anyone else, just ourselves, and this is how Bishop Jonathan summed it up in his conference collect:

Creator God,
you fashion us in your image
to reflect your light and life;
through your Son,
renew and refresh us in our calling
and by the touch of your playful Spirit,
free us to meet you with joyful hearts
and encourage us to share in your re-creation.

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